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Code compliance for green roof systems

After years of acceptance and use in some European countries, green roof systems are gaining popularity in the U.S. However, advocates and manufacturers of green roof systems provide little information to designers and installers about whether the roof systems comply with U.S. building codes.

Following is a review of some code requirements that apply to green roof systems in the U.S. and suggestions for properly complying with these requirements.

IBC 2006

The International Building Code, 2006 Edition (IBC 2006) provides minimal guidance specific to green roof systems.

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